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Mexico, and travel warnings

Jan 28, 2005
Condoleeza Rice faced a lot of flak over Iraq during her confirmation hearing. Now sworn in as Secretary of State, her first challenge comes considerably closer to home. Earlier this week the State Department issued a statement warning tourists to beware visiting the busiest border in the world. And that has businesses both here in the states and in Mexico worried. From our bureau at WLRN, Marketplace Americas correspondent Dan Grech explains.

Bravery in Iraq

Jan 28, 2005
Bradley fighting vehicles rumbled through neighborhoods in Iraq today, combining security sweeps with a get-out-the-vote effort. Iraqis go to the polls this weekend for the country's first multi-party election in 50 years. Islamic militants have threatened to kill anybody who casts a ballot. They've also targeted polling places. To vote in Iraq would seem to be an act of courage. But to help organize the voting process--one might almost call it an act of defiance... or even folly. Marketplace's Baghdad correspondent Borzou Daragahi wanted to meet one of these poll organizers.

Dealing in Davos

Jan 28, 2005
If you've been paying attention this week, you may have heard me mention "Davos" several times. For the record, Davos is a mountaintop resort in Switzerland. As we've been using it here, however, it's a shorthand for a meeting of movers and shakers that takes place at Davos every year. Our invitations were apparently lost in the mail, but that's okay. Financial Times columnist Amity Shlaes is there and she knows her way around...

Making peace ... after disaster

Jan 28, 2005
The tsunami drew attention to a corner of the world many people had never heard of. Aceh, a province in northern Indonesia. A place already suffering from three decades of civil war. Today, there's progress toward settling that conflict. Indonesia's President has offered separatist rebels amnesty, and greater autonomy. In exchange, he wants a ceasefire. The olive branch comes on the eve of peace talks this weekend. We've heard reports in the past month about rebels and the government cooperating in relief efforts. But as Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports, fighting continues for control of the area's natural resources and wealth.

The week that was... on Wall Street

Jan 28, 2005
Friday means that Marketplace host David Brown catches up with Dallas stockbroker and analyst David Johnson about the week on Wall Street, and what you might expect to see next week.

Building a resume at Sundance

Jan 28, 2005
This weekend, the Sundance film festival wraps up in Park City, Utah. The festival is famous for its risk takers - those independent filmmakers who finance a movie on credit cards, then hope to find a distributor. But some filmmakers aren't even really trying to get their films onto the market. They direct short films. It's more like a resume reel than anything else. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler followed two rising directors over the course of the festival.

Those Super Bowl ads ...

Jan 28, 2005
Just like the Patriots and Eagles, advertisers are busy getting their game plans together for the Super Bowl. Marketplace's business of sports commentator Michael Knisley joins host Kai Ryssdal for a preview of how Madison Avenue plans to score on Super Bowl Sunday.

Award Shows

Jan 28, 2005
It's that time of year when we're inundated with awards shows on TV. And apparently, viewers aren't finding them all that entertaining. Ratings have been falling for many of these celebrity love fests. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Variety's Michael Speier to find out what's going on.

Brave pollster

Jan 27, 2005
Iraqi insurgents are saying they will attack anyone who votes in Sunday's election. But some brave Iraqis are not only voting, they are working the polls on Election Day. Marketplace's Borzou Daragahi found one pollster as he prepared for Sunday.

NYSE to open early

Jan 27, 2005
Big Board chief John Thain made headlines at the World Economic Forum in Davos today when he said the New York Stock Exchange was thinking about opening two hours earlier. Marketplace's Amy Scott, on Wall Street, asks the actual traders what they think about getting up two hours earlier.

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